International Trade

  • June 27, 2016

    The Firms That Won Big At the Supreme Court

    While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Top Supreme Court Dissents Of The Term

    While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    A vacant seat on the court. Controversial decisions on abortion and affirmative action. A judicial deadlock on immigration. For the U.S. Supreme Court, it was both business as usual and a session unlike any other. Here, Law360 takes a deep dive into the numbers behind the high court's latest term, examining the vote counts, overturn rates and dissents from this divided court.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

    Late Justice Antonin Scalia joked about taking bribes, Justice Stephen Breyer imagined a hot dog detector and Chief Justice John Roberts needed help deciphering a young lawyer's lingo. Amid the customary seriousness of this term's U.S. Supreme Court arguments, there were some memorable moments of courtroom comedy. Here, Law360 looks back at humorous highlights from the past year.

  • June 27, 2016

    A Divided Court Finds New Ways To Be Unanimous

    The U.S. Supreme Court's struggle to avoid 4-4 splits this term led to a new kind of unanimity, experts say, with the four justices in the ideological middle forging consensus on narrow points of law.

  • June 27, 2016

    Farmers In Syngenta MDL Fight Bid To Sink Class Actions

    Corn farmers leading eight individual class actions in multidistrict litigation alleging Syngenta’s promotion of genetically modified corn cost the industry upward of $1 billion struck back against the agribusiness giant’s contention that their claims were preempted by federal law, telling a Kansas judge Friday that argument was meritless.

  • June 27, 2016

    8 Wasn't Enough For Lawyers Seeking High Court Clarity

    The eight-justice U.S. Supreme Court failed to reach majority decisions in some of the most closely watched cases of the term, leaving controversial legal questions unanswered and underscoring the stakes of the political fight over the late Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement.

  • June 27, 2016

    Chinese Wood Duty Injury Ruling Sent Back To ITC

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has struck down a U.S. International Trade Commission injury decision that blocked tariffs on imports of Chinese wood after finding that the commission cut certain corners in its analysis, according to an opinion unsealed Friday.

  • June 27, 2016

    TransCanada Files $15B Arbitration Claim Over Keystone XL

    TransCanada is asking the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes to arbitrate its $15 billion North American Free Trade Agreement demand against the U.S. government over the State Department’s cross-border permit denial for the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • June 27, 2016

    UK Constitution Could Hold The Key To Reversing Brexit

    As the fallout from the U.K.’s historic vote to leave the European Union continues, the Scottish government and other pro-Europe die-hards have been searching for legal leverage to reverse the referendum’s outcome.

  • June 27, 2016

    Anti-Money Laundering Group Lifts Some Iran Restrictions

    The Financial Action Task Force, an intergovernmental body formed to establish standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, said Friday that it is temporarily suspending countermeasures against Iran as the country looks to implement changes.

  • June 27, 2016

    WTO Members Quarrel Over Ecuador's Import Surcharges

    World Trade Organization members have continued to squabble over the Ecuadorian government’s continued use of import surcharges on tires, televisions, consumer goods and other products, according to a WTO readout released on Friday.

  • June 27, 2016

    Brexit Vote Rocks TTIP Talks As Lawmakers Focus On London

    In the wake of the United Kingdom’s historic vote to abandon the European Union Friday, the Obama administration is evaluating how to proceed with the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks while lawmakers back a shift to a London-specific strategy

  • June 24, 2016

    Brexit To Further Splinter Global Data Protection Rules

    The U.K.’s decision to pull out of the European Union is likely to eventually result in the creation of new data protection and transfer agreements that, while similar to the EU’s current regime, will contain deviations that could leave companies to grapple with divergent standards and duplicative enforcement, attorneys say.

  • June 24, 2016

    5 Things IP Attorneys Need To Know About Brexit

    The United Kingdom's historic vote Friday to leave the European Union creates a major hurdle to long-gestating plans for a single EU patent system and could undermine the program's appeal. At the same time, it puts many trademarks and design rights in the U.K. in limbo. Here's what intellectual property attorneys should know about the Brexit fallout.

  • June 24, 2016

    Brexit Torpedoes Hopes For UK Capital Markets Turnaround

    The United Kingdom’s shocking vote Thursday to leave the European Union has unleashed panic in capital markets and immeasurable long-term uncertainty that, for the time being, chills any hopes of recovery in Britain's stalled equity-raising environment, experts say.

  • June 24, 2016

    Chamber Official Urges Quick Action On Privacy Shield

    A U.S. Chamber of Commerce official on Friday asked the European Union’s member states to quickly sign off on the updated version of the so-called Privacy Shield, saying the new framework for trans-Atlantic data transfer is critical for companies on both sides of the pond.

  • June 24, 2016

    Malaysian Plastic-Bag Maker May Win Lighter Import Duties

    Import duties on plastic shopping bags shipped into the U.S. by a major Malaysian manufacturer over a one-year period could drop sharply if a preliminary analysis published Friday by the U.S. Department of Commerce is finalized.

  • June 24, 2016

    Senate Panel OKs Bill To Help Implement WTO Trade Pact

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday reported out legislation that would establish a five-year pilot program to help developing countries implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which aims to cut red tape in customs procedures.

  • June 24, 2016

    ITC Says More Tariffs Coming For Some Steel Imports

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday greenlighted import tariffs for steel used to make cars and industrial equipment from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan after finding that the domestic industry is being hurt.

Expert Analysis

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • In Congress: Only The Senate

    Richard Hertling

    Although the Senate has shown during the past year and a half of Republican control that it can indeed be an effective, functioning body, after several years of total dysfunction, the fight over Zika funding reveals that dysfunction is never far from the surface, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Many Uses Of Shell Companies

    Glenn Pomerantz

    Most of the publicity surrounding the Panama Papers has focused on the important role that shell companies have played in the laundering of the proceeds of criminal activity and in tax evasion. Understanding how shell companies can be used to engage in criminal behavior is critical to protecting an organization. Let’s look at some of the most common schemes, say Glenn Pomerantz and Brian Mich of BDO Consulting.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • Conflict Minerals Regulation In EU — What We Know So Far

    Michael R. Littenberg

    Following a political understanding announced last week, the preparation for a final conflict minerals regulation in the European Union now begins. A small number of companies that are public in the United States may find that they come within the scope of the regulation, even though their business activities are not in scope for purposes of the U.S. conflict minerals rule, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • ITC Pilot Program: Where We Stand 3 Years Later

    Brian Johnson

    Many practitioners believed the U.S. International Trade Commission Pilot Program — known as the “100-day proceeding” — could reshape the way parties litigate in the ITC. Yet, three years later, the program has thus far proven anticlimactic. The fanfare has died down. But that may soon change, says Brian Johnson of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • Takeaways From The High Court's New Rule On RICO's Reach

    Robert P. Reznick

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in RJR Nabisco v. European Community, which reversed a Second Circuit decision and held that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act has limited extraterritorial application, rejects all of the prevailing rulings on extraterritoriality and offers some new takes on the court’s prior jurisprudence in that area as well as antitrust law, say attorneys at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • 'Taking My Talents To South Beach': Law Firm Version

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    LeBron James has established his worth by tangible metrics. He cashed in on a free agent bonanza fueled by the NBA’s economic model that supports his regal compensation. But such is not the case when it comes to first-year associate salaries of $180,000 at certain law firms and $2,000 an hour billing rates for certain partners, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • In Congress: Brexit, Puerto Rico, 2nd Amendment Showdown

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    Appropriations continue to dominate floor activity in both the House and Senate this week, but questions over the future of the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process will shift to the Senate, where Democrats have forced votes on firearms issues following the Orlando nightclub massacre, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.